Program overview

This is an overview of the Spring 2017 course offerings.

It will be adjusted on an ongoing basis, but do check the calendar for changes to dates and descriptions.


How to Meditate

with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Thursdays 19-21

This is a course based on Sangye Khadro’s book, How to Meditate.

Feb. 9 Clarity of the Mind

Feb. 16 Continuity of the Mind

Feb. 23 Body of Light

March 2 Appreciating our Human Life

March 9 Impermanence

March 16 Awareness of Death

March 23 Karma

March 30 Purification of Karma

April 6 The Unsatisfactoriness of Life (Suffering)

April 27 Working with Anger

May 4 Emptiness

May 11 Working with Fear

May 25 Working with Attachment

1 June Equanimity

8 June Loving-kindness

15 June Compassion and Tong-len

22 June Meditation on Tara, the Buddha of Enlightened Activity

29 June Meditation on Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion

Heart like the Sky
Introduction to basic Mahamudra

with Stephan Pende Wormland

3 Sundays- Feb 19, Mar 12, Apr 30


The Six Perfections

with Ven. Mary Reavey

April 7-9

The Practice of purification

with Ven. Mary Reavey

April 11th & 13th

The Psychological Nature of Suffering

Talk with Rob Preece

May 18

Awakening the Energy Body

with Rob Preece

May 19-21


 The Art of Happiness

with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Tuesdays 19-21, April 25th- May 30th

This is a new course is based on the book The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard C. Cutler.

This international bestseller (originally published in 1998) combines the Buddhist wisdom of the Dalai Lama with the western psychological perspectives of Dr. Cutler (an American psychiatrist). It explores how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve more lasting happiness.

Each week we will look at the main points from one or more chapters of this book, and meditate on them.

 April 25 Happiness and its causes

May 2 The path to happiness

16 May Dealing with Loneliness

23 May Deepening our Connection with Others

30 May Cultivating Compassion

6 June Dealing Wisely with Suffering

13 June Shifting Our Perspectives

20 June Finding Meaning in Pain and Suffering

27 June The Process of Change

The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim)

The first module of the FPMT Basic Program at CVM

with Ven. Sangye Khadro

5 weekends

The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim) is a step-by-step way to transform one’s unenlightened mind into an enlightened mind. The practices included in the Lam-rim also help us to deal with problems we encounter in life, to experience greater happiness and peace, to have better relationships with friends and family, and a more meaningful and satisfying life.

  1. Precious Human Rebirth: Jan 28-29
  2. Impermanence and Death: Feb 25-26
  3. Rebirth and the Different Realms of Existence: Apr 1-2
  4. Refuge: May 6-7
  5. Karma: Jun 10-11
Pujas and Prayers

Medicine Buddha Puja

Led by senior students

Selected Wednesdays


Tara Puja

Led by senior students

Selected Wednesdays

 Wish Granting Sovereign

Led by senior students

Selected Wednesdays